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Motor Coaches (Safety)

Volume 981: debated on Wednesday 26 March 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport if he will make a further statement on the implementation of proposals for roofs, brakes, and seats aimed at improving coach safety.

Technical requirements for roof strength are now being finalised, and will be discussed in June in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. It is hoped to persuade other countries to adopt the requirements on an international basis. The proposals for seat strength will be discussed at the same time. We hope by the end of May to have started formal consultations on new braking requirements.